10 reasons you should be pumped about women’s sport in Perth
3. Hannah the Green machine
1. Super Sam
Arguably the world’s best female soccer player, Sam Kerr, hails from Perth. The Matildas captain and brilliant striker has been dominating, kicking goals and back flipping on the global stage for years and now she is the face of the nation’s bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Now that’s a cause we should all get behind.
2. Everybody loves Ash
Australia’s newest Grand Slam Singles Champion Ash Barty is headed back to Perth in November to spearhead our first Fed Cup Final in 26 years and first on home soil since 1978. You could be there to see the historic moment and there’s a chance that WA’s Astra Sharma will be in the team when we take on France. That’s got to be worth a Cmon!
Hannah Green wowed spectators and made Australia proud when she became the third Australian woman to win a golf major at the women’s LPGA in June. The 22-year-old from Perth is ranked eighth this year in terms of prize money following this victory.
4. West Coast Fever to return with grit
Our elite netballers have endured a success-starved history but awoke the sleeping giant that is the State’s netball community in 2018 as they marched to a maiden Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final in front of a record domestic netball crowd at RAC Arena. The women in green boast the game’s best Goal Shooter in towering Jamaican Jhaniele Fowler, with local product and Australian Goalkeeper Courtney Bruce dominating at the other end of the court. If you go to a Fever home game, we’re betting you’ll be hooked.
5. ICC Women’s World T20 in February 2020
The world No.1 Australian women boast a raft of stars you won’t want to miss seeing live, including Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning. Our women have built a reputation as no nonsense winners. Perth fans will also get the chance to witness the power and skill of the West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, South Africa and India over three action-packed days at the WACA Ground. We promise you’ll be hit for six so don’t miss the chance to get tickets for this.
6. Perth Lynx determined for glory
Make no mistake, the Perth women are serious ballers. Like their Wildcats counterparts, owner Jack Bendat expects results from the Lynx and they recruit to match those expectations. Since relaunching ahead of the 2015-16 season, the Lynx have made the WNBL grand final once and twice been knocked out in the semi-final. They will be determined for glory in the 2019-20 season and have already announced American pair Imani McGee-Stafford and Ariel Atkins to boost their roster. Perth helped launched the career of Sam Whitcomb, who went on to win a WNBA championship, after she went on an extraordinary scoring spree for Perth. Add to that a couple of Australian Opals in the ranks.
7. Perth Glory Women set to dominate
Did we mention Sam Kerr? It’s actually hard to believe that the people of Perth have been able to roll along to Dorrien Gardens and HBF Park and see Kerr go about her business with a minimum of fuss for the past few years. It is yet to be announced whether the Glory skipper will return next season or be lured to Europe where there is big money on offer. But there’s much more to the Glory women than just the sensational Kerr. Bobby Despotovski’s charges are major players in the W-League. It feels like just a matter of time until they taste the ultimate success after being runners up in three of their past five seasons.
The Dockers women found their groove in 2019 after they struggled with injuries and close losses in the first two years of AFLW. Fremantle set the competition alight with a high-scoring style this season, with the likes of Gemma Houghton, Sabreena Duffy and Ashley Sharp contributing to an impressive highlights reel. Kiara Bowers’ comeback story from three knee reconstructions provided the centerpiece for the first season under new coach Trent Cooper. The Fremantle fans got behind the women in purple as they qualified for a first finals appearance. They’ll be keen to back it up as the competition expands once again.
9. West Coast Eagles Women debut
The Eagles have had to bide their time waiting to enter the competition after they lost out on the race for the initial AFLW licences. That means they’ll be more than ready when they step out for the first time in 2020. There’s bound to be plenty of spice with their cross-town rivals Fremantle after they poached star trio Dana Hooker, Kellie Gibson and Parris Laurie at the end of last season, while former Dockers coach Michelle Cowan is also now in the West Coast camp as an assistant to Luke Dwyer. They recruited from all over Australia, while nurturing young talent, and will want to have an impact straight away. The first derby between the two women’s teams is sure to be an occasion to remember.
10. Clean-hitting Perth Scorchers Women
It has been a case of so close, yet so far for the Perth Scorchers women in the WBBL. In four seasons, the Scorchers have made the semifinals and twice been runners up. When it comes to women’s cricket, there are none better than Australian captain Meg Lanning. The clean-hitting superstar put her faith in the Perth franchise to relaunch her Big Bash career after shoulder surgery and her brilliance was on show in orange last summer. But with far more cricket under her belt, Lanning will be all the better in the fifth edition and will look forward to again joining forces with gun WA batter Nicole Bolton. Heather Graham is one of the rising stars of the game and is also a strong contributor with both bat and ball. The festival atmosphere at both the WACA Ground and Lilac Hill is very family friendly.
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